Monster movies come in all shapes and sizes, but you just can't beat a good old-fashioned monster-on-monster throwdown. Godzilla is arguably the king of this type of movie, having laid the smack down on everything from a three-headed dragon to a mechanized version of himself. After taking a little break, Godzilla is back at it again, but this time he'll be facing none other than King Kong. Eventually. These two kings of cinema will face-off in Godzilla vs. Kong, the culmination of Legendary's shared cinematic universe of giant monsters. It's definitely exciting, but Godzilla's clearly going to win, right?
The thought of Godzilla vs. Kong is attractive, but there's no question that Kong is facing an uphill battle on this one. Legendary's Godzilla comes in at around 350 feet, an alpha predator with every inch of his body modeled for battle, not to mention his atomic breath. Kong, meanwhile, is a 100-foot tall gorilla-ish man. At first glance, the winner is clear, but after seeing Kong: Skull Island, I'm not so sure Kong is as disadvantaged as he seems. Let's discuss why:
Godzilla: Stats and Powers
Let's start with the Mike Tyson of this fight. Legendary's take on the classic Kaiju is a killing machine. He's the second tallest Godzilla ever (after Toho one-upped it with 2016's Shin Godzilla) and he doesn't mess around. Godzilla's whole body is basically a weapon; he's got his tail, spiky back, powerful jaws, and he can throw his frame for a mighty tackle. This Godzilla is THICK, carrying a massive bulk that makes him opposing to even look at. Let's just say he does his push-ups, sit-ups and drinks plenty of juice. As it stands now, Godzilla has the clear size advantage against Kong.
All of those attributes presents a challenge to Kong, but Godzilla's true strength lies in his endurance. In Gareth Edward's 2014 Godzilla, The King of the Monsters battled two opponents -- the MUTO's -- at the same time. Alone, they weren't really a match for Godzilla, but together they were able to overwhelm him. Godzilla takes a beating in that fight, the MUTO's hammering blows on him while he lays on the ground defenseless. Then, after finally killing the flying MUTO with a wicked tail slam, a building falls on him! And he's STILL able to get up and finish off the last MUTO. Granted, he passed out immediately after, but he was on his feet the next day. Kong will have to work overtime to put this Kaiju down for the count.
Godzilla's last and arguably greatest advantage is his signature move: his atomic breath. The iconic blue flame is Godzilla's ace in the hole, providing him with a long-range weapon with a serious punch. It was the key to defeating the MUTO in Gareth Edwards' film, and anyone who saw Kong: Skull Island knows that Kong isn't a fan of fire. Does he stand a chance?